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3d art render of a Junkers Ju 87 stuka dive bomber.

Made with Bryce3d, some post work with photoshop.

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The Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka (from Sturzkampfflugzeug, “dive bomber”) was a two-seat (pilot and rear gunner) German ground-attack aircraft. Designed by Hermann Pohlmann, the Stuka first flew in 1935 and made its combat debut in 1936 as part of the Luftwaffe’s Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War.

The aircraft was easily recognizable by its inverted gull wings, fixed spatted undercarriage and its infamous Jericho-Trompete (“Jericho Trumpet”) wailing siren, becoming the propaganda symbol of German air power and the “Blitzkrieg” victories of 1939–1942. The Stuka’s design included several innovative features, including automatic pull-up dive brakes under both wings to ensure that the plane recovered from its attack dive even if the pilot blacked out from the high acceleration.

Although sturdy, accurate, and very effective, the Ju 87 was vulnerable to modern fighter aircraft, like many other dive bombers of the war. Its flaws became apparent during the Battle of Britain; poor manoeuvrability, lack of speed and defensive armament meant that the Stuka required a fighter escort to operate effectively.

The Stuka operated with further success after the Battle of Britain, and its potency as a precision ground-attack aircraft became valuable to German forces in the Balkans Campaign, the African and Mediterranean Theaters and the early stages of the Eastern Front campaigns where Allied fighter resistance was disorganized and in short supply. Oncethe Luftwaffe had lost air superiority on all fronts, the Ju 87 once again became an easy target for enemy fighter aircraft. In spite of this, because there was no better replacement, the type continued to be produced until 1944. By the end of the conflict, the Stuka had been largely replaced by ground-attack versions of the Focke-Wulf Fw 190, but was still in use until the last days of the war. An estimated 6,500 Ju 87s of all versions were built between 1936 and August 1944.

Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel was the most notable Stuka ace and was the most highly decorated German serviceman of the Second World War. He was the only person to receive the highest German military award, the Ritterkreuz mit Goldenem Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten (“Knight’s Cross with golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds”), on 29 December1944.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Comments

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethabout 4 years ago

    super thrilling!! well done, walter

  • Thank you very much Lisa.

    – Walter Colvin

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 4 years ago

    A thrilling piece of history. Awesome job!!

  • Thank you My frined

    – Walter Colvin

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic !

  • Thank you Steven.

    – Walter Colvin

  • tinnieopener
    tinnieopenerabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful work Walter:o)

  • Thank you very much.

    – Walter Colvin

  • canonman99
    canonman99about 4 years ago

    really well done Walter

  • Thank you Dennis.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Petehamilton
    Petehamiltonabout 4 years ago

    WoW!! I can hear it screaming from here :-)) Great Image:-))

  • Thank you Pete.

    – Walter Colvin

  • ECH52
    ECH52about 4 years ago

    Another great image Walter!!!

  • Thank you very much.

    – Walter Colvin

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKabout 4 years ago

    Great work and info Walter.

  • Thank you Jacqui.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...about 4 years ago

    Great aircraft . . . Mike loves these.

  • Thank you very much, your comments are appriciated.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic Walter!! I’ve got it in my sights!! Splash!! :)

  • Thank you Keith.

    – Walter Colvin

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